The Carolina Panthers take on the New York Jets this Sunday, August 26 at 8 pm (ET). Here are the players that are climbing up or dropping down the depth chart.
OLB Thomas Davis - Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said linebacker Thomas Davis will play Sunday night against the Jets.
Davis, who has missed most of the past two seasons, is battling back from a calf injury along with rehabbing a torn ACL.
If he has a good showing Sunday he could become a starter at outside linebacker again or split time with James Anderson.
FS Haruki Nakamura - Nakamura has started the first two preseason games at free safety and looks to be ahead of last year's starter, Sherrod Martin, in the defensive back battle. He hasn't made any highlight plays as of yet, but if he can just provide stability at the position, it would be an upgrade over Martin.
WR Joe Adams - The rookie wideout was taken in the 2012 Draft to add explosion to a punt return unit that has not had a return go for a touchdown since Steve Smith did it back in 2003. When you watch and wait for Adams to return a punt you are holding your breath because every time he shows some flash of a big play waiting to happen. His spot there is solid and he could find himself in the slot role very soon.
OT Bruce Campbell - The big, athletic Campbell was brought in during the offseason from Oakland to be a backup guard. However, he has earned first-team reps at right tackle and has shown that he can block the likes of great pass-rushers from the Texans and Dolphins. He could very well be a great steal for the Panthers and could step in right away if there happens to be an injury along the line.
WR Armanti Edwards - Most believe that this would be Edwards' last chance with the Panthers and if he were to make the team he would have to do so at receiver rather than as a punt returner. His time so far in the slot in preseason has been minimal and his punt return skills have been lacking. It's a tiny miracle when he actually fields the punt.
QB Jimmy Clausen - You can't get much farther down the depth chart than Clausen has as he is already the No. 3 quarterback, however his play in the preason has been inadequate at best. His lack of velocity on his throws, as well as his poor timing on when to step up in the pocket may eventually lead to a cut from the team.
CB Captain Munnerlyn - As if we weren't shown enough last year that Munnerlyn can't handle top receiverss in this league we are getting shown again early and often this preseason. Munnerlyn is a tough competitor and backs down from no one, but yet his physical makeup (5'8", 190 pounds) hurts his ability to stay with physical receivers in this league. In Panthers' nickel packages, rookie Josh Norman has already took over the number two spot as Munnerlyn slides inside.
DE Greg Hardy - Although Hardy gained weight (he claims is muscle) and shaved his head (to be more 'business-like') this season to improve his performance, it has not shown thus far in the preseason. He has gotten pushed around on many occasion and is not forcing sacks or any quarterback hurries. If he is to retain his starting gig come week one he is going to have to show more vs. the Jets or someone like Thomas Keiser or Antwawn Applewhite will gladly take his spot.